Posted by: SJS | April 20, 2014

Jim Nixon on PT 373

JTN  on PT 373

An excellent photo of young Jim Nixon (on the right) aboard PT 373. When I first looked at this photo that Mike Nixon shared with me, I felt a rush of curiosity and amazement and wondered if my father was on the boat that day as well. It’s another one of those questions that will have to remain unanswered, at least for now.

It was PT 373 that was the first USN surface craft to enter Manila Bay in early 1945 and came under heavy enemy fire. This was the boat whose Skipper, Lt. Belton Copp, led that bold expedition and lost his arm on that fateful night. This was the boat which carried General Douglas MacArthur on a part of his famous return to the Philippine Islands later in 1945.

And it was on PT 373 that enlisted sailors like Jim Nixon and Red Stahley served with honor, skill, and a sense of duty that contributed so powerfully to the success of the US Navy in WWII.

We have so much to be grateful for and we feel so proud of these men who taught us so many important things.

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